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Osmanthus flower tea, Chinese herbal May 5, 2010

Filed under: Food and drink — cnesgreen @ 3:52 pm

 

 

Osmanthus grows on an evergreen arbor. The flower blooms between September and October. The baby bloom is pastel yellow and turns golden yellow when flowers are in full bloom. This flower carries a strong natural fragrance. They can also be used in cooking. Osmanthus is a toxin cleaning tea. It is a natural cleanser of our body and is especially good for breaking up congestion. It also helps prevent bad breathe.

 

Osmanthus Flower is used by the Chinese to impart a pleasant aroma to tea, wine and sweet dishes such as lotus seed soup, pastries and steamed pears. It is also added to herbal medicines in order to disguise obnoxious flavors.

 

 

In China, osmanthus tea is produced by combining dried Sweet Osmanthus (Osmanthus fragrans) flowers with black or green tea leaves in much the same manner the more familiar jasmine tea combines jasmine flowers with tea leaves.

Osmanthus Tea is a Chinese specialty, popular with its gentle aroma and delicious taste. At the same time, sweet-scented osmanthus tea is also a rare herbal medicine well known for its balminess.

Osmanthus tea is produced in a similar fashion to jasmine tea. A layer of osmanthus blooms are placed between the fresh tealeaves and the delicate scent of osmanthus is allowed to permeate the tea. Following this, most of the osmanthus blooms are blended into the tea to enhance the visual appeal as well as boost the flavor. Osmanthus blooms are very delicate and the aroma from the blossoms is equally delicate resulting in mild peach flavor notes on the tea.

 

Flowers play an important part in Chinese life and osmanthus is no exception. Osmanthus flowers are said to improve digestion and make the tea drinker live a longer and healthier life. Combine this with the health benefits of green tea and you achieve a tea that is particularly popular in Chinese life.

 

 

THE BOOK OF TEA, MING DYNASTY, 1592AD: "The flowers of osmanthus, jasmine, rose, rose multiflora, orchid, lotus, tangerine, gardenia and winter sweet can all be used in tea. Pick the blossoms when they are just opening, so that the stamens retain all their aroma. Mix them with tea leaves, one part flowers to three of tea."

 

Chinese Tea Description: Osmanthus Tea remain green throughout the year. They are a mass of branches and leaves and blossom in autumn. When the flowers are in full bloom, they are like stars in the sky, and the fragrance makes one feel complete freedom of heart and ease of spirit as if he/she is in a wonderland.

 

A poet named Song Zhi Wen from the Tang Dynasty quoted "sweet-scented osmanthus seeds fell on the Moon as its fragrance in the sky was wafted through the clouds".

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to recent research, Osmanthus Tea contains health enhancing microelements like Selenium, Cobalt, Manganese, and Molybdenum. The Osmanthus tea cultivates the spirit and harmonizes the mind; expels lassitude and relieves fatigue; stimulates thoughts and prevents drowsiness.

 

Various workers have examined the different colored varieties and find that the gold-orange variety tends to have more of the desirous notes and tend to be higher in carotenoid derived materials. Among the carotenoids of Osmanthus are all trans-beta-Carotene, all trans-alpha-Carotene and Neo-beta-carotene B.

 

It is said that a cup of Osmanthus flower tea promotes beautiful skin.

 

 

 

Herbalist doctor’s viewpoint

 

Efficacious for treating Yin deficiency, nourishing kidney, regulating endocrine, taking good caring of the liver and stomach, letting out toxin and nourishing ones looks.

 

 

1) osmanthus contains palmitic acid, lauric acid, acid meat, beans, sweet-scented osmanthus alcohol, phellandrene. ionone and linalool and other aromatic hydrocarbons.

 

2) Skin whitening, removal of toxic and communications wait.

 

3) Relieve tension, regular consumption, physical and mental purification, balance the nervous system. reach refreshing role.

 

4) Increase appetite and effects

 

 

 

 

The infusion yields cups of sweet and refreshing liquor, with strong aromatic flowery fragrance. You can drink it plain or blended with Green and Oolong teas, lending its sweetness and pleasant floral aroma for the perfect enjoyment.

 

 

First,  pour boiling water over a few grams of osmanthus. Strain the osmanthus and pour away the water. You could consider this step as "waking the osmanthus up" or wash the flowers.

Then,  pour the water over the buds again and wait for 3-5mins. Then strain theosmanthus, add a little honey to taste (optional) and enjoy.

 

Tips:

You could mix the osmanthus with green tea, black tea and oolong tea. Please refer to drinking methods of the Chinese tea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black tea, Oolong Tea, Green Tea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Osmanthus Tea flavor brings you a sea of fragrant flowers. The sweet delicate flowers have a fruity taste reminiscent of sweet summer apricots.

 

Osmanthus flowers are used in other herbal remedies to help mask undesirable taste.

 

Osmanthus is often added to other teas to enhance the flavor with a fruity nature.

 

 

 

Taste:

Delicate fruity-floral apricot aroma. One can drink it plain or blended with Green and Oolong teas, lending its sweetness and pleasant floral aroma.

The infusion yields cups of sweet and refreshing liquor.

 

Appearance:

Osmanthus Tea has a bright and light yellow color with a pure and fresh and quietly elegant fragrance.

 

 

 

 

Once a bag of herbals or flowers is opened, The herbals could be kept in ambient and dry conditions such as in the living room, the study or the office, but it must be completely away from light, moisture, smell and heat.

 

An airtight container or a vacuum tank is an ideal storage solution.

 

 

Sealed Clips are also a good choice for opened packaging bags.

 

 

 

The quality of the herbals lasts longer if they are kept in the fridge. But please make sure the package is sealed and cover with a box to insulate from temperature change.

 

In addition, if the bag is taken in and out from the fridge very often, this will cause heat stress to the herbals as temperature is increased and decreased very frequently. Air will be drawn from outside and condensation will occur.

 

 

That is why we packed our herbals into small sealed packaging bags instead of large bags or boxes. You could open a small bag of the herbal and enjoy its freshness while the other bags are sealed and well kept in the fridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many alternative medicine health care providers feel that using certain herbal teas during pregnancy is a great way to support optimal pregnancy health. Herbal teas can often provide an additional source of nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, and iron.

 

However, due to the lack of studies on most herbs, the FDA encourages caution when consuming herbal teas during pregnancy.

 

It is always best to talk with a qualified medical professional about any herbal teas that you are interested in drinking.

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